It appears that there are some promising developments in several subjects about which I've been writing since this blog post began. Specifically, in the areas of Benghazi, the IRS, and the looming fight over the continuing resolution to fund the government, major advances to move these stories forward have taken place.
First, CNN has conducted a 2 hour interview with the leader of Ansar al Sharia in Libya who admits to having been on the embassy property in Benghazi, but, naturally, does not implicate himself in the attack itself. He claims to have not been interviewed by the Libyan government or the FBI. This is nothing short of astounding. Several months ago, after the initial wave of whistleblowers testified before Congress and the Obama administration came under renewed scrutiny, the FBI released photos of three suspects obviously taken from surveillance videos (which we still have not seen) and claimed they were "most wanted" for questioning into the attacks. We have heard nothing since then. Until this interview appeared on CNN.
The IRS phony scandal continues to get more serious. It appears that information from the IRS has been leaked to other governmental agencies, the President's appointed general counsel has been implicated and the Treasury employees' union has openly objected to being forced into Obamacare coverage.
Finally, some momentum seems to be building behind Sen. Mike Lee's push to exclude the funding of Obamacare from the continuing resolution to fund the government at the end of September. Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan have announced their support, and it is clear that this schism in the Republican Party will pit the progressive arm of the party against those more conservative. Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer (much to my chagrin) argue against, Limbaugh, Hannity and Levin for.
These three issues bear some similarity because they each reflect the mendacity that has become a hallmark of the Obama term. There has been no obvious, effective effort to bring those who perpetrated the murders in Benghazi to justice; to the contrary, there has been no obvious effort to even report the truth about what happened that horrible day. Eyewitnesses have been hidden and nearly a year after the event are unidentified. Arguably, the IRS controversy is as damaging a political scandal as has occurred in the last fifty years. Articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon included a charge that he contemplated using the IRS against his political enemies. The Obama group did far more than just contemplate this act; they singled out political opponents for the purpose of abridging their First Amendment rights. And, lastly, we must remember that the reason Obamacare became law in the first place was because of legislative chicanery. Then the administration offered waiver after waiver, and then quietly delayed the employer mandate. If the law were that desirable, would there have been so many waiver requests? We know the law is unpopular, was driven down the throats of the American people by democrats and must continue to be opposed by constitutionalists. Lee, Cruz, Paul and now Rubio do not seek a government shutdown nor a default on the country's obligations. They want to defund Obamacare which would never have passed without an abrogation of the Senate rules.
Let us hope for the sake of the families of those who died in Benghazi that the truth is ultimately revealed. Let us hope that those who wish to silence the voices of opposition by abusing the power of government are exposed and brought to justice. And let us hope that enough Republicans can find the sense of conviction to defund a law that they purportedly opposed from the outset to clearly distinguish themselves from the progressives who continually obfuscate.